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  1. bob1 says:

    Good musings, Michael!

    I especially like #3. We all have the ability to “pivot” away from something we don’t like.

  2. Jean says:

    Speaking of controversies, if you are a fan of women’s World Cup soccer (I am), you may be aware of the scandal (according to the American patriots) that when the Star Spangled Banner was played before the opening match, some of the women did not sing along. They all stood, but somehow the goal posts were moved to actually singing along. Just a note to the patriots, my all time favorite basketball player, Larry Bird, never sang, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t know all the words.

    If you don’t like Rapinoe’s sexuality, just be honest and say so, but don’t condemn the entire team or conflate sexuality with patriotism.

  3. Miriam Wegemer says:

    larry bird = good basketball (-:

  4. Michael says:


    Thanks…I wasn’t going to write anything today except for Reuben cause I’m really cranky…

  5. Michael says:


    Everybody’s looking for a reason to take offense…drives me crazy.

  6. Alan says:

    4. Citation please.

    Didn’t you urge us to stop going after legislation in our comments and focus upon the church.

    I believe you quote a partisan interpretation intended to inflame not a citation.

  7. Michael says:

    The actual document

    My objection is that anything that diminishes the horrors of human slavery is anathema…

  8. Alan says:

    You cite a Business Insider interpretation which you called the viewpoint of the Florida Legislature.

    After months of entreating us to deal with the church you now invite us to leave this blog over a politically motivated slur that you cited as a quote. Very sad.


  9. Michael says:

    I also published the document.

    This is not a political issue to me, though it is being made one.

    This is simply about speaking the truth about our history.

    The governor has not said anything on the contrary when questioned.

    Yes, this is red meat for those who think a ‘woke” version of history is being taught and red meat for progressives to attack.

    Unfortunately this notion will serve to minimize the horrors of slavery while the politicians use it to blast each other.

    My initial impulses are rarely political…but I’d better start assuming that most peoples are…

  10. Alan says:

    I don’t want to fight with you Michael. I think you have erred here. Our Bible says much worse things about slavery if interpreted with the same methods you use here. A much more generous reading of that document is available that the one you have misquoted.

  11. Michael says:


    I think we’re way beyond what the Bible said about slavery and eating shrimp.

    In my mind to even postulate anything positive about slavery is really bad history.

    However, I have no interest at all in a political discussion, though I would welcome a historical one.

    Thus, I will remove the comment in the interest of respect for you and the possibility I may well have erred and the chance that a fuller discussion would serve this better……somewhere else. 🙂

  12. Michael says:

    I’m really glad I didn’t write about how I got in trouble for misgendering a clerk…

  13. Captain Kevin says:

    Not that I can’t find it in my own, but thought you might want to know that the Audible link doesn’t work.

  14. Michael says:


    Nothing does today…fixed it…

  15. The New Victor says:

    Logical Arguments can be made about the benefits of colonialism and imperialism, aside from the horrors, regarding a whole host of peoples, including my birth mother who was removed from her Indian reservation due to structural racism. At *best* it’s tone deaf and insulting to discuss it outside of those groups.

  16. Shawn says:

    #1 My heart goes out to Rueben and his son. I can’t imagine the heartbreak they are going through. I will pray for them. In a way it hits home because my wife shares her name. May God grant them mercy, grace, and abundant peace.

    #4 (based on #1) Sometimes life sucks. Actually life sucks really really bad at times. There is nothing that can prepare you for the sting of its advent except maybe the hope that God knows what He is doing. Even then it can be half a dozen of one and six of another. Maybe I’m better off keeping my thoughts to myself…

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    1 – praying for Reuben and his son.
    2&3 – Something else will pop up within a few days that will have people up in arms and “taking to twitter” or whatever to voice their opinion.
    5&6 – Moore is one of my heroes.

    Cultural controveries over music/movies, etc – I agree, just “change the channel” –

  18. Miriam Wegemer says:

    good thoughts, Michael, good thoughts! ! !
    yes, praying here for Reuben and son…..

  19. Michael says:

    Thanks, Em…

  20. Officerhoppy says:

    What you said is no reflection of your character. The fact you owned up to it and apologized is a true reflection of your character

  21. Officerhoppy says:

    This should have been posted on the retraction/apology thread

    Dopey me

  22. Michael says:


    Thanks…not fun, but necessary…

  23. Reuben says:

    Thank you all.

    The daily struggle to even believe what has just happened is real. But I “feel” the power of people out there holding my son and I up. I actually do.

  24. josh says:

    That’s inspirational Reuben. Please keep hanging in there. Keep fighting the fight for you and your son. You guys are loved by many.

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